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DAAP uses a combination between the Montessori philosophy and the Read It Once Again literary preschool curriculum. This creates a “hands on” approach emphasizing independence and self-directed activities. The Read It Once Again curriculum is equally effective in a traditional preschool setting but has specific components that were created for young children with language delays or disorders, developmental delays, or forms of autism.
Young children learn by doing and interacting with the people and things in their environment. Our unique approach to educating all types of learners begins with the prepared environment and is executed by well trained teachers and curriculum specialists who ensure each child is able to achieve his/her true potential.
Literature and storybooks are used to support theme units in many preschool classrooms. Stories are changed often and children with receptive and expressive language delays, such as those with autism and Down syndrome, are not always given the opportunity and time necessary that it takes to become familiar with key words and cognitive concepts found within the stories. Familiarity and literary repetition help to support delayed language development and cognitive learning in the manner that is most productive to children who have developmental delays, forms of autism or language delays and disorders.
Our developmental programs reinforce basic social, listening, independence and motor skills to prepare students for future mainstream inclusion.
Read It Once Again preschool curriculums use the story itself as the theme of the unit to promote early literacy. They furnish the teacher with objectives, activities, and assessments necessary to provide all children an educational program which will meet their basic needs in each of the five domains; physical, social, cognitive, communicative, and adaptive, commonly addressed in the preschool classroom.
Physical development includes mastering movement, balance and fine and gross motor skills, according to the PBS website. During early childhood, your child's balance improves. He can walk on a line or small balance beam and balance on one foot. Your child also develops the skill to throw and catch a ball, walk up and down stairs without assistance and do somersaults. At this age your child begins mastering motor skills that allow him to build block towers, draw circles and crosses and use safety scissors.
Social development refers to your child's ability to make and maintain relationships. Your child cooperates with others during early childhood and begins to develop conflict resolution skills. She enjoys attention and may show off, while still showing empathy for others. At this age your child enjoys group games and begins to understand the concept of playing fairly. She can tell the difference between fantasy and reality, but enjoys imaginative play with friends.
Cognitive development includes skills pertaining to learning and thinking. During early childhood your child develops the ability to sort objects and can organize materials by size or color. His attention span increases and he seeks information through questions, such as "how?" and "when?" By the end of early childhood, he can count to 10, knows his colors and can read his name. He knows the difference between fact and fiction, making him capable of understanding the difference between the truth and a lie, according to the Child Development Institute.
Communicative development includes your child's skills to understand the spoken word and express herself verbally. During early childhood your child goes from speaking in short sentences to speaking in sentences of more than five words. Your child, once understandable only to those closest to her, now speaks clearly enough that even strangers understand her words. She talks about experiences, shares personal information and understands positional concepts such as up and down. At this age, it becomes possible to carry on a back-and-forth conversation.
Adaptive skills refer to the skills used for daily living, such as dressing, eating, toileting and washing. During early childhood your child learns to dress and undress himself without assistance, use utensils for eating and can pour some liquid without assistance. Your child also becomes able to use buttons and snaps and can take care of toileting independently.